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Fire damages mobile homes in Plant City

Three Plant City mobile homes were burned Friday night when a state-permitted burn at a farm got out of control, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

The fire occurred at a watermelon farm at around 7 p.m. Friday at 1806 E. Colson Road, Plant City, said Jessica Coy, a fire rescue spokeswoman. No one was injured in the fire, she said.

One mobile home was a total loss; a second had an exterior wall melted. A third mobile home had cosmetic damage, Coy said.

No one was living in the mobile home that was destroyed, she said. She didn’t know if anyone was living in the other two mobile homes.

The mobile homes, which sit about 15 feet apart from each other, are used as seasonal homes by farm workers.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames quickly, Coy said.

The manager of the farm was conducting the agricultural burn. The farm had a permit for an agricultural burn through the state Division of Forestry, Coy said.

A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office environmental officer will investigate how the burn was conducted, she said.

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